Silver Book Fact

According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a radiopharmaceutical currently in development is a synthetic version of a substance derived from scorpions–chlorotoxin. This could be a powerful weapon in the fight against high-grade gliomas, a highly invasive cancer that sends cancerous cells throughout the brain and spinal cord. Chlorotoxin binds specifically to tumor cells–but not normal cells.

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